If you were running the Skins front office, would you make a play for Talib if he becomes available? You can never have enough corners considering we have to go up against the likes of Bryant, Austin, Nicks, Cruz and so onThanks Dan.
I would not, personally. I'm not exaggerating when I say we don't know whether the guy is going to be in jail or not. And if he's not, Goodell is definitely going to suspend him. Too much headache for me to trade anything of value for. Again, though, that's me. Don't know what Shanahan would do. My GUESS is he stays away.
Are you going to any OTA's to scope out any of the teams?
No OTA plans. I will be in Ashburn next week for a couple days of Redskins minicamp.
Can you see Tyrone Crawford being a Justin Smith-type disruptor at DE somwhere down the line considering his high energy level?
I think "down the line" is the key there. And when he was drafted, there was some question about whether he was a 3-4 DE or a 3-4 OLB. It seems the Cowboys want him to be a DE, but regardless everything I have heard is that he's a project player, 2013 impact at earliest.
Dan,Your colleague, Matt Williamson, recently wrote an article on who will be the top RBs in the league come 2015. Snubbed from this list of 17 was Demarco Murray in favor of C.J. Spiller, Ryan Williams, Doug Martin, Ronnie Hillman, Mark Ingram, and Jamaal Charles. So although it isna??t Friday and you normally hate making predictions too far in advance I am asking for an exception. Do you see Murray on that list when 2015 rolls around?
I've talked to Matt about Murray, and he has concerns similar to a lot of people. Murray got a lot of work in college and has a little bit less tread on his tires than some of the other RBs in that group. I think guys like Spiller and Charles and Williams impress scouts more because they have more speed and more moves than a guy like Murray, who runs hard and absorbs a lot of contact and therefore strikes people who make these kinds of predictions as a guy who might not last.
Hey, bear with me. I want to post these next two questions together. Ready?
With the Osi situation squared away (and him likely playing balls to the wall this year for a contract next year), the Andre Brown suspension lifted, and the Eli/Coughlin era entrenched as arguably greatest qb/coach duo in Giants history (thus no pressure), shouldn't the Giants be feeling pretty good about repeating??
And now this one...
The Giants have extremely questionable OL, No TE, Rookie RB, & questionable 3rd WR. Most QB's under similar conditions are lucky to finish the season.-Are the Giants pushing it with Eli, is this too much to ask ?
So there you have it. Either the Giants are 16-0 or 0-16, right?
Given how touted corners such as Amukamara and Patrick Peterson struggle in their first year in the NFL. Why do people assume it's a forgone conclusion that Morris Claiborne will step in and really improve the Cowboys secondary?
Because people get really excited about the draft. You're right. It's no sure thing Claiborne is awesome right away. One of many reasons the Cowboys aren't trading Mike Jenkins.
Sorry for the things I said. It will be different this time, I promise. Please come back to me, Dan.
Mook, I'll never be able to quit you.
We know the final year of Osi's new contract is "voidable" but is there any chance that the Giants actually choose NOT to void that contract and trade Osi next off season to a team that doesn't want to compete with the open market for his services while they get a whole year to negotiate a new longer term deal?
Very thoughtful and interesting question, Scott. Of course it is possible. I did see some reports that indicated the Giants had promise (I assume in writing) not to franchise Osi. If that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised if the contract also included language that prevented a move such as the one you suggest -- i.e., the contract specifically states that he'll be allowed to hit the market. But I don't know. If he really did it without an agent, it's entirely possible he could find himself in an unexpectedly restrictive situation.
Remember when ppl like Warren Moon said Justin Blackmon was "Dez Bryant w/o the knucklehead"? Man was he off?? I mean, Dez has had a run in with a mall cop about sagging pants and jewelry debt. Harldy a DUI, plus he has had a quiet offseason. Plus this isn't Blackmon's first DUI. Did ppl really overreact to lying to the NCAA about Deion Sanders??
Yes. Yes they did. It's real tough to judge these extremely young men and assume we know what they are and what they'll always be. In general, people could stand to lighten up on Dez Bryant.
Dan, in sticking to the theme of the day, why haven't Andy Reid and the front office put more of an importance on the backup QB spot? Vick is most likely going to miss time and Kafka is plan B?!?!?!Edwards probably won't beat him out.
Yeah, I wish I knew. Maybe they really think Kafka in year three is capable. But it's real scary to think what happens if Vick goes down, and uncharacteristic of Reid not to have it better covered.
Hey, really sorry, folks. Computer tried to take a lunch break there. I am back.
Dan, What are your thoughts concerning the ESPN poll that had Washington as the " most likely" of 4 bad teams to go from worst to first in their division this year?
It was an NFC-only poll, right? Seems like simple math to me. The Redskins finished four games behind a first-place team they beat twice. The other last-place teams in the conference finished 12, 11 and 9 games out of first. Redskins would seem to have less ground to make up.
Is it true you don't like me?
Constantly misquoted, I am. I never said I didn't like Cap'n Crunch. What I said was, it's not even the best "Crunch" cereal, because Cinnamon Toast Crunch is.
Who starts Sept 5, Jenkins or Claiborne? My money's on Jenkins until Claiborne gets acclimated to the NFL
They definitely drafted Claiborne to start right away, and I think he'll get every chance to do that. My guess is that he'd have to look really overmatched in training camp and Jenkins would have to look great (and healthy, by the way).
Dan should I be worried about Giant O-line? Diehl is getting old and the guy from San Fran looked under average to me at best.
Yeah, the Giants' offensive line is their biggest concern right now, for me. I underestimated Diehl a lot last year and won't do that again, but he isn't a young man anymore and it's entirely possible that he slows down at some point. Baas, I think, will play better in his second year in NY. But I'm nowhere near sold on Beatty at LT, and I still can't figure out why Snee had such a down year.
Do you think the Cowboys really love Jenkins or are they just holding on to him until Claiborne shows his worth?
I think they're really shaken up by the abysmally embarrassing way their secondary played last year and therefore aren't in the business of dumping good players just because those players are unhappy.
What do you make of reports that Raheem Morris is rotating all the members of the secondary through various positions. Think this secondary by committee thing pans out?
If by "pans out" you mean "helps the coaching staff determine which player(s) fit best at which position(s)," then yes. If you mean "works if they keep it up through the regular season," then no.
Would you think the Weds. and Thurs. games at the beginning of the season hurt the Giants in establishing a routine or help them with more rest and prep time at the beginning of the season?
I think the Giants can handle a few schedule wrinkles. One of the perks of reliable veteran leadership and stability in the coaching staff is that you're pretty good at reacting and adjusting to different things.
Do the Redskins beleive RT Jammal Brown is going to be healthy this year? They have'nt adressed that issue at all. Is it just a case that no one is available?
They looked at some potential upgrades there, including Demetress Bell, whom the Eagles signed to replace Jason Peters. But they couldn't get any of their top choices to come, and in the end they decided that what was left wasn't any better than a healthy Brown. So they're counting on Brown to stay healthy. Seems risky to me, but they like Polumbus and Smith and Locklear as backups and maybe they think one of those guys is capable of raising his game if Brown needs to be replaced for any length of time.
If a "Crunch Berry" were entered into the equation could that possibly shift things back to the Cap'n favor?
Look. I appreciate that people have different tastes. But the simple fact is that Cinnamon Toast Crunch makes cinnamon milk. For me, that closes the case.
Seems like there are two schools of thought on NFL pass defense: Some say you need good pass rush to help the secondary break up plays, while others say you need good secondary help the pass rush get sacks. Which side you on?
Kind of a chicken/egg deal there, right? I guess if I had to pick one side, I'd favor the pass rush, since that seems to be the better way of limiting the time a quarterback has to make a decision.
they like Polumbus and Smith and Locklear as backups------------------Locklear is with the Giants now....
My bad. Carry on.
Brandon Banks has only played in a handful of snaps on offense, do you think that Shanahan will give Josh Morgan a chance to return and cut Banks if he thinks that Morgan can fill that role along with WR?
Meh. Probably not. Morgan hasn't exactly been the picture of health throughout his career, and subjecting him to return duty doesn't seem the best way to maximize his value to the offense. It's certainly possible someone could take the return gig away from Banks, and if that happened Banks would obviously be a candidate for a cut. But as of now, I can't see who that is.
Do you put pineapple in your Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
No. That doesn't sound good to me.
Hi Dan, where does Keith Rivers fit in the Giants plans? Is it possible they will rush Kiwanuka more, especially with the loss of Tollefson?
Possible, but from what I can tell, they're looking at Rivers as a rotational guy, hoping he can play all three spots. Maybe he's a third-down LB if they do move Kiwi up to the line, but they really liked the way Kiwi played in that hybrid role last year and probably want to develop him in it.
Percentage that T.O. returns to the 'Boys?
Uh, 0.6 percent.
Have you ever been to the cafeteria at our training facility...its glorious.
No, they don't let media in there at training camp. Steelers do. Giants do. Eagles, not so much.
I've never heard you talk, but when I read your stuff I hear it as if it were Chris Collinsworth. Not sure why that's the case, but it's a huge compliment, I think. Please keep up the reliably great work!
Well, thanks. I do consider that a compliment. But if you want to hear me talk, come back at 2 pm ET tomorrow for another edition of the video mailbag!
You gotta think TO's phone is ringing off the hook now that he got rid of that agent?
I do not "gotta" think that, nor do I think that.
where does mcnabb end up?
Percentage that T.O. returns to the 'Birds?
Could it be that this year the Eagles LB corps is actually a STRENGTH??!?!
Let's not go crazy. Still looking at starting a rookie and a second-year guy at the outside spots. I do think DeMeco Ryans is the real deal, though, and will be a major factor.
Tell me the Giants are in no way going to move Cruz from that slot position!
Why would they mess with Cruz?
Do you think Eli will beak the 5000 yd barrier this year with Nicks, Cruz and Randle. They also have a back in Wilson who can catch the ball!
Well, they have a back in Bradshaw who can catch the ball. And Manningham wasn't exactly chopped liver, so I'm not sure it's safe to assume Randle means more passing yards. Eli came very close to 5,000 last year, and while I'm sure the Giants would love to have more rushing yards this year, I see no reason by he wouldn't be a threat to that mark as long as it remains a viable goal.
Not 0.0 for TO?
I don't like to do 0.0, just on principle.
Because Cruz was better on the outside at times until he started catching everything left and right
I think they like him best in the slot.
Hey there Dan. Yea umm listen love your work read all the time, but can you please remind me how great my stadium is?
It's fantastic. One suggestion, though: Next time you have the Super Bowl there, make sure everyone who buys a seat actually has one. Mkay? Good talk.
thank you for mentioning Bradshaw -- he still flies under the radar somehow when that was a huge part of the Giants offense this year. Eli really started checking it down intelligently and more often to his RBs, TEs, and FB.
Bradshaw's terribly underrated. Such an asset, especially when you factor in that he's probably the best back in the league at blitz pickup. If he could just stay healthy for 16 games, I think you'd see him get his due. As it is, he's a guy I like to draft in fantasy leagues or trade for early and then trade away after his three-touchdown game.
which late round rookie has the best chance to shine in his first year out of the nfc east teams?
Maybe Boykin in Philadelphia? If he gets work in the return game.
What has happened to the once very well executed Giant's screen game. Tiki had it down to a science and the OLine worked wonderfully on it blocking downfield. Does gilbride not value it anymore in favor of a downfield passing attack or do we not have the personnel to execute as we once did?
No, it just really depends on Bradshaw. I think it was around Week 11 or 12 last year, we had numbers that said he accounted for a higher percentage of screen-game targets than any other RB in the league. When he's out, or less than 100 percent, that screen game basically disappears. And he was not 100 percent when he came back from his injury last year. Toughed it out, played in pain, but was limited.
There's talk of a Chicago Super Bowl. If the weather is terrible in 2014 in NYC for that Super Bowl is all cold weather Super Bowl's doomed forever?
I hope so. I think it's a terrible idea and always have.
"Mkay"?, if we can't use "Gotta" then "Mkay" has "Gotta" go!
Who said you couldn't use "gotta?"
Im in a workplace dispute over who the best back in the NFC East is...Can you please list who that back is and why you think so?
It's LeSean McCoy and it's not even close. Look at the numbers. Look at the extent to which the offense relies on him. Look at what he does in the passing game, at the goal line. McCoy is an easy answer for me there.
I know Wilson is smaller than Jacobs, but why is the fact that he has explosive speed being overlooked? Bradshaw is more bruiser than burner, do you think that could make for a great change of pace?
Yeah. Sure. I really don't know how the RB rotation is going to shake out, and I'll bet the Giants don't either.
There was speculation last year about Haynesworth reuniting with Washburn in Philly, being a free agent now is there a chance he gets a try out or is he done?
The Eagles seem pretty well set at those spots. Possible, but farfetched, I think.
Kareem McKenzie still hasn't signed, could the Giants bring him back on the cheap, or is he set to retire?
No, he doesn't want to retire. And as long as he's unsigned, the Giants can of course bring him back. I honestly don't know if there's a number at which they'd bring him back, or if they're just done with him for good. My guess, given what the calendar says, is that it's the latter.
If Vick has a great year and McCoy does his thing, who would you say is the next most important player on my stacked roster?
Well, if Vick and McCoy are having great years, I guess that assumes guys like Demetress Bell, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are too. So in that case, I'll go with Nnamdi Asomugha.
Taking the family to Disney today so I know what rides to go on after my Super Bowl MVP parade with Mickey in February
I just wanted to post that one to see what other people would say.
You don't agree that Randle and Wilson are an upgrade over Jacobs and Manningham?
Well, they're rookies. The other guys were proven contributors. All I'm saying is, let's see it first. Those were two very good and helpful players. Champions, in fact.
Dan do the Giants have enough at LB in your opinion to handle a few injuries? We barely survived last season. Also what's your opinion on the interior of the D-line?
I think the addition of Rivers and the fact that last year's rookies are no longer rookies makes the Giants deeper at LB, and yes, deep enough to overcome an injury or two. As for the line, I think a lot rides on Marvin Austin, who could be this year's breakout star.
Will you be attending any NFC East pre-season games?
Hm. I kind of hope not. Didn't last year (many of them go on at the same time, and the bosses prefer I try to track all four teams instead of just one when possible). Preseason NFL games are torture. I'm not going to push to break the travel budget for those.
Will people ever realize that I was a "flash in the pan" and am really not that good? I see these stories talking about how I am one of the greats in the NFL...I don't understand it.
Is it possible you're a good player, and fall somewhere in between the two extremes you cite?
You must be a Redskins hater.. why no questions about them? come on man!
Well, I can't write the questions.
Who gets more sacks this year: Ware + Spencer or Kerrigan Orakpo?
Cowboys guys. Good question, though. I just think Ware is so far ahead of everyone else.
You can totally just make them up from random people...there are no real chatters, are there Dan...
Sure, I guess I could. But why would I make up one like this?
Dan, do you see the Redskins front 7 being one of the top front 7s in the league this season?
I mean, people keep asking that, and you look around at teams like Pittsburgh and San Francisco and you realize what that actually means. But I do think the Redskins' defensive front 7 is a strength of their team, and that it has the potential to move into the discussion, at least, if we see big strides from Orakpo and Kerrigan.
Do you see any chance of anthony armstrong replacing brandon banks as the return man? he would be more beneficial to the offense than banks...
If that were going to happen, why wouldn't it have happened last year?
If Hall is moved to the slot, do you see his production going up? He always struck me as more of a zone guy.
I think it makes sense, sure, but who replaces him on the outside? They have candidates, but I'm not sure they have any they like better than Hall.
Who gets more sacks this year: Ware or Kerrigan+Orakpo lol?
Right, that was my first thought. Can Ware carry it if you take Spencer out of the equation? He had more than Orakpo+Kerrigan did last year.
Should the cowboys finally move Ratliff to end and get a traditional 3-4 DT?
Yeah, but they don't want to, so they're going to to, and Ratliff will probably have to come off the field for about half the plays in December. I don't see why that's a good thing. But they almost never ask me.
Was Nnamdi exposed last year in a better division? Or do you expect him to get back to his shutdown corner days"
Is it possible to answer "yes" to both parts of this question? He seems like the kind of guy who can make adjustments.
Dan, why does nobody want me? what about is there not to like?
I just wanted to post this to see what other people would say.
Babin/Cole vs Ware/Spencer ? Could be a toss up dont ya think?
I'm taking Babin/Cole in that one. Both of those guys are considerably better at getting sacks than Spencer is.
Hi Dan, do you miss covering baseball? Or is it easier without the daily games?
I love baseball, I really do. But I do not miss the schedule or the travel or the hours. I'm older now, as are my kids, and covering football offers a much saner lifestyle.
Dan, I think this is pretty far fetched but do you think there are any circumstances where the Cowboys would trade Jenkins to the Lions for one of their D lineman. Maybe Fairly (the Cowboys might have to throw a mid round pick in as well) given his recent struggles.
I agree that that is farfetched. I really don't think the Cowboys are going to trade Jenkins, and I really don't think anybody's trading anything of value right now for Nick Fairley.
I know secondary isn't the big reason but with an improved secondary, do you give Ware a legit shot to take the sack record of 22.5?
Of course. He's had 20 before, right? And 19.5 last year, I think? He'll always have a shot.
Tuck/JPP vs. Babin/Cole
Only fair if we do this one too, right? Total toss-up for me. I'll go Eagles because I think Osi steals some sacks from his teammates more than, say, Brandon Graham does from his. But I have a feeling we'll be debating Eagles/Giants DEs all year.
Bigger impact in the locker room: happy Osi or happy desean
DeSean. Unhappy Osi didn't exactly hold the Giants back last year, right?
Am I "beasting out" or "Professor Klump"? I'm 290lbs of FREAK! Don't you agree?
You know, for a few years when I covered baseball, there were guys who would show up to spring training all cut and bulked up and stuff. Not sayin, just sayin.
Dan, have you been practicing your 49 foot chip shots from deep cabbage?
I wish. Tried to take yesterday off and play golf, but got rained out. I'll keep you guys posted.
Why does everyone automatically assume desean didn't perform well last season on purpose? What if he was trying but just really bad? Is there proof to the slack?
Well, he's come out and publicly admitted that the contract situation bothered and distracted him. He's apologized to his teammates for letting that happen. I think we're OK assuming it's true.
Do you see Pierre Garcon being the main target for Robert Griffin III?
I actually think it'll be Fred Davis.
What is your favorite stadium in the BEAST? I have been to all four, but only watched a UNC-Texas basketball game at Cowboys stadium (the screen was longer than the court). In comparison to Cowboys stadium, I really thought METLIFE was extremely unimpressive.
Seriously, I don't know how many times I can say this. Compared to Cowboys Stadium, every NFL stadium currently in existence is unimpressive. It's just a different kind of place.
Why is it that nobody talks about desean sabotaging the dream team's season and instead patting him on the back for getting his new contract
I don't think any of us can be accused of taking it easy on DeSean.
hey dan i disagree about davis, i think we will see garcon and griffin with the bubble screens very often this season, probably more than the TE out route. anyways thanks for the great work as always. how many questions did we get today?
Yeah, I think that's Shanahan's ideal plan, and ultimately you may be right. But I'm looking at a rookie quarterback who -- no matter how much practice he gets or how talented he is -- is likely to be overwhelmed at times by the speed of the pro game. And that big tight end looks like a real nice safety valve. That's my reasoning, at least.
Any chance RGIII was just a flash in the pan against weaker Big 12 D? Colt and Vince both looked great in college and haven't turned out so well
It would mean A LOT of scouts and NFL personnel people were wrong. The kid is universally loved as a pro prospect. And he's a solid kid. We can't know, of course, but there's little reason to doubt he can be a good NFL player.
But in terms of game atmosphere...a little too cavernous? METFLIFE just didnt do it for me, and it looks like a trash can
I find that most of the NFL stadiums are a little bit soulless, and yes, MetLife has that feel. I'll see Springsteen there in September. Maybe it'll be more lively that night.
I'm hungry; time to grab lunch; thanks for another great chat, Dan.
Yup. See you all next week. Or tomorrow, in the live video chat!